Accessible Notebooks Hackathon

Hosted by Space Telescope Science Institute

Date: March 10, 2023

Time: 10:00 EST - 12:30 EST

Location: Remote

Thank you to all who attended the event on March 10th! The event recording is now available.

Do you create and share Jupyter notebooks as part of your research? Have you ever considered that your notebooks might not be accessible to people who use screenreaders or magnification tools when coding? Many notebooks do not play well with assistive tech—but yours can!

Bring a notebook, or grab one of the notebooks provided by Space Telescope Science Institute. We will open with a presentation to share practical tips and tricks for making your notebook more accessible. We will spend about one hour hacking on our notebooks before sharing our results with the group.

The hackathon will be held remotely—please sign up to receive a link. If you’re located near Baltimore a smaller group will be hacking in the Muller building on Hopkins campus. If you want to join in person, indicate that on the signup to receive further information.

Participants at the hackathon will be expected to follow the STScI Code of Conduct.


Time (Eastern) Session
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Best Practices for Accessible Notebooks
11:00 Breakout: Test Your Notebooks
12:00 Reporting Results and Post-Hack Discussion
12:20 Wrap-up
12:30 Event Ends

About STScI

Space Telescope Science Institute helps humanity to explore the universe by performing scientific operations for the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes and by sharing open astronomical data and research with the world.   Read more

Notebooks for All

In 2022-2023, Space Telescope Science Institute is taking steps to make scientific outputs, and especially Jupyter notebooks, more accessible for people with disabilities.   Read more


For questions about the event, please reach out to Jennifer Kotler at and/or Patrick Smyth at